The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic and social well being of working families in Connecticut’s urban centers by initiating and supporting efforts to raise wages of the working poor, improve public education and training, and preserve affordable housing.
To that end, we are demanding responsible economic development in the urban centers of Connecticut. We are reducing working poverty by advocating for workers seeking self-determination and the right to bargain with their employers for better wages and working conditions. We are initiating public policy to preserve affordable housing and build strong communities for Connecticut’s working families.
The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic and social well being of working families in Connecticut. Since 2001, CCNE has been addressing issues of inequality and racial disparity in our cities through grassroots campaigns for affordable housing, access to healthcare, living wages, voter registration, environmental justice, and a community voice in development.
The Grassroots Community Agenda is the product of a decade of community organizing and research beginning in 2000. In 2004, over 350 leaders from diverse constituencies gathered to forge and adopt a new vision statement based on shared values. This “New Social Contract” has guided CCNE’s work since 2004, helping us find common ground between different single-issue strategies and stay focused on long-term positive change rather than simply react to individual crises.
Since then, CCNE has knocked on thousands of doors through the Community Voter Project (CVP), and had thousands of conversations and group meetings at door steps, in church basements, and in living rooms. We have called together elected officials, community leaders, and clergy to discuss New Haven’s economic future in our “Economic Blueprint” meetings. We understand that many of our young people get caught up in a cycle of crime and violence when they lack opportunity and hope. They are left out of the economy and left behind. We have looked to the grassroots for concrete solutions to the problems facing our city. The product of that work is this Grassroots Community Agenda, outlining the first steps towards our vision for a New Social Contract in New Haven.
Our new report, Building an Inclusive Prosperity for New Haven, builds on years of experience with organizing, door-knocking, surveying, and research by further analyzing the problems our cities face and outlining plans to address them. To translate vision into proposal into reality, however, we know that it takes a movement of people collectively pushing shared goals. You can join this movement for economic justice by getting involved with CCNE.